Road traffic offences: socially acceptable crimes?

Henni, Margaret, Chong, Mark David, and Forbes, Amy (2017) Road traffic offences: socially acceptable crimes? In: Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the ACJS. pp. 1-14. From: Linking Teaching, Practice, and Research, 20-25 March 2017, Kansas City, MI, USA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Statistics on road fatalities, injury, and costs associated with road traffic accidents make grim reading and yet generally law-abiding people confess to breaking driving laws at one time or another. This paper examines the role media play in ‘normalising’ poor driving behaviours. Using media analysis, we examined the mixed messages in institutional (news reports, editorials), non-institutional (letters and texts to the editor) articles, and the Road Traffic Act (Queensland, Australia). We found there is ambivalence to this type of criminal behaviour and public safety messages. Police and road organisation warnings have little to no effect, and general community attitude to law breaking is attenuated by majority opinion.

Item ID: 50143
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
Keywords: crime, media, traffic, offences
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 04:45
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified @ 50%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society @ 25%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified @ 25%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media @ 75%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified @ 25%
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